3 (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
This is NOT the standard trailhead for Wetterhorn Peak! The Matterhorn Creek Trailhead is the one for the standard route on Wetterhorn. For this trailhead, the Wetterhorn Basin Trailhead, 4WD is not necessary, just recommended. High clearance required. On Google Maps this trailhead is incorrectly named "Wetterhorn Trailhead", and Hinsdale County Road H1 ends prematurely; the road continues past the end of the road on the map. Forest Service maps do not mark this trailhead, but it is the transition from road to trail on those maps. No bathrooms or other facilities.
From the intersection of US 550 and Sherman Street in Ridgway drive 1.8 miles north on US 550 and turn right onto Ouray County Road 10. Continue 4 miles on Ouray CR-10 and turn right onto Ouray County Road 8. Continue 11 miles on Ouray CR-8, driving up countless switchbacks and over Owl Creek Pass, where the road briefly becomes Gunnison County Road 860. Turn right onto Gunnison County Road 860A, which almost immediately becomes Hinsdale County Road H1 (yes, you drive through three counties to reach this trailhead). From the turn onto Gunnison CR-860A drive 2.1 miles past numerous camp sites and open meadows to a spot where the road becomes rougher; 2WD vehicles should stop here. Vehicles with high clearance can continue another 1.5 miles or so up the now rough, rocky, potholed road to the Wetterhorn Basin trailhead. There is a crossing of the West Fork Cimmaron Creek about 0.7 miles up the 4WD section of road that may be impassable early season and/or in high water.